Carol HendricksonThe label I most readily use to identify myself is cultural anthropologist, though I came to the study of anthropology after considering a career in visual art (and mathematics). My interests in the visual and material—and the larger world that creates, organizes and values particular visual, material things—turned to the study of Maya women’s weaving, clothing, and the issues and identities that are reflected through women’s work, the textiles they produce, and their clothed bodies. Fieldwork in Guatemala as well as study-trips abroad with students have been important part of my life. Some years ago, my visual arts background reemerged in the practice of keeping visual fieldnotes and creation of anthro-artist’s books. At this point I’m enticed by the potential of combining anthropology and what we might call art (including various forms of making and representation: drawing(s), comics, book structures, and more).

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